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Monday, April 13, 2015

Animal Collective Member, Panda Bear, Plays The Independent Tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 1:36 PM


Ahead of his European and US tour, Animal Collective member Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), released a strangely gorgeous music video for the blissful anti-ballad, "Tropic of Cancer." The video is a disturbingly whimsical visual work that was directed by Animal Collective bandmate, Avey Tare (Dave Portner). 

Aesthetically, the collaboration is about what you would expect from the two long-time artistic cohorts — a weird, glossy, colorful visual exhibition of . . . stuffed animals. 

Noah Lennox's illustrious experimental solo career sprouted up alongside the formation of the Baltimore-based avant-garde band, Animal Collective. He released his self-titled album, Panda Bear the same year as Animal Collective's debut 1999 album, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished

Panda Bear's overall sound is a bit more melodic than Animal Collective's, but features the same off-kilter — and at moments, jarring — style of syncopated percussion. Panda Bear has a certain level of hopefulness inherent in his music, and often creates beautiful declarations of the underdog.

The music draws you in and his new single, "Tropic of Cancer" is one of those outstandingly pleasing tracks that prove Lennox to be a true sonic artist and not just an indie trend. 

Fresh off a performance at Coachella, Animal Collective member Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), is set to play The Independent tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14th. Lennox is touring in support of his January full-length release, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. 
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